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operations in iraq, over. during a visit with the troops today in texas, mr. obama signaled his tone would be cautious. >> it's not going to be a victory lap, it's not going to be self-congratulatory. >> that caution is borne of an important lesson, part of what will president obama will tell this evening. >> major combat operations in iraq have ended. and the battle of iraq, the united states and our allies have prevailed. >> that was seven years and 4 months ago, under that now infamous mission accomplished banner. in an hour ahead, a reminder how much iraq has cost america. debate about the military and political lessons learned. joining me as we await the president's speech, brent, democratic representative keith ellerton. david fromme, one of president bush's speech writer. in new york, fareed zakari. let's check in with our senior correspondent ed henry. >> reporter: john, you're right. in one of the excerpts the president talks about how now it is time to turn the page, on iraq, specifically, but what top aids he waepts wants to do, is focus things on afghanistan. i asked some of th
>>> at the top of the hour we "countdown" because of what happened on the iraq/kuwait border, at 3:53 a.m., the last vehicle of full combat brigade exited the border crossing, the gates closing behind that vehicle marking a symbolic moment in a conflict already in its eighth year. the u.s. military continues its drawdown of u.s. forces in iraq to 50,000 before its end of the month deadline. i'm keith olbermann at our msnbc headquarters in new york. the night is emphasized from reporting first iraq and from kuwait of nbc news chief richard engel who is standing by with dawn breaking behind him in kuwait. richard, good morning to you. >> good morning. the sun is just beginning to peak up over the horizon here. i'm with the soldiers who were in that last group that we watched crossing from iraq into kuwait, the last combat troops, the last of the last of the combat troops and they are now here prepping their vehicles. there is still a little bit of driving to do. they have to go from here to camp virginia and prepare to go home. we can try and say hello if you want. what are you guys
east. to take the united states into iraq are again beating the war drums. >> narrator: is iran next? >> it will be the worst of all worlds for an outgoing administration to start a conflict. >> we will confront this danger before it is too late. >> narrator: tonight on frontline, "showdown with iran." /c ( jet engines roar ) >> narrator: the u.s.s. nimitz, on patrol off iran. america has dominated these waters for 50 years, ensuring the free flow of oil through the persian gulf. but to the east, iran is rising. >> there's a combattante-- iranian patrol vessel-- who is surveilling their areas adjacent to territorial waters. and he has positioned himself about ten miles away. he carries weapons systems that are a threat to the aircraft carrier. >> narrator: this year, iran staged one of its largest military exercises ever, demanding its place on the world stage. >> ( translated ): iran is a regional power. we can be the strongest in the persian gulf. the united states doesn't like this. it wants to see iran weakened. it wants us to take orders from them. >> narrator: iran wants to ext
combat brigade in iraq leaves the country. ethnic roma expelled by france as part of a crackdown arrived in romania. one of the world's most important seed banks is fighting to prevent bulldozers from destroying its collection. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> seven years after the u.s.- led invasion of iraq, the last u.s. brigade has left the country. during the occupation an estimated 100,000 iraqis lost their lives. the u.s. state department has described the end as a historic moment and vowed that america's long-term commitment to iraq is unwavering. 6000 troops will remain to the end of next year, training their iraqi successors. >> the withdrew under the cover of darkness. there was no fanfare and no ceremony. but the soldiers are looking forward to going home. >> we are going home. we won. it is over. america. i love you. i love you. >> operation in rocky freedom claimed the lives of over 4400 soldiers and almost 110,000 iraqis. the country held free elections, a law and order are a long way off. as recently as tuesday, 58 were killed in an atta
for your questions. please come back. >> coming up, a look at the future of iraq with the outgoing ambassador, christopher held. also, a couple of town hall meetings with members of congress. -- christopher hill, outgoing ambassador to iraq. >> the bureau of ocean and energy management and the coast guard will hear from key executives of the companies involved. live coverage from houston, texas begins monday at 9:00 and eastern on c-span2. >> one of the things i regretted about political and rhetorical life in washington is that every major figure from the president down is merely reading what someone else in some committee has produced. >> terzian wrote speeches for carter. he is literary editor @ "the weekly standard." listen to him tonight on c-span. >> christopher hill recently returned after his 16-month stint in iraq. next, his comments. this is one hour and half. >> good morning, and thank you for coming out. we are pleased to welcome back christopher hill. he has just completed an effective tore in baghdad. the ambassador has had a long career, beginning with the peace corp
war, per se. it doesn't mean the violence is over in iraq or that the risks to american soldiers is done. the risk to american soldiers and diplomats and development expers will continue. but more and more and more of the security responsibility is or has moved to the iraqis. we're going to be there to provide assistance to them. we'll defend ourselves if we need to. but this is now iraq's task to secure its country for its citizens, become a more constructive country within the neighborhood and be an ally and friend of the united states. >> but if there's a coup or an attempt by muqtada al sadr to try to take on the government in baghdad, will we stay out of it? will we stand down and say this is their fight at this point forward? >> this is iraq's future to construct. chris to, a point you made earlier, we have to recognize that while there is not a new government in place yet, we've seen for five months a process after the election, by the same token, there's real politics going on in iraq. some elements have tried to re-create the se sectarian viole and the iraqis are having
ourselves. i could tell you what they would say. there certainly correct. it is just a question of how iraq -- how correct from different points of view. even though the affordable care act will help us cover another 32 million people, we probably have some more around 47 million people, or 48 million people, who have no health care coverage, and it might be worse than that, because those numbers are a couple of years ago. we will still be taking care of them. the second thing, and this is really tricky, the more the patients come in the door, who are paid by public pay years, with administrative pricing, which in most instances will be below what they considered their actual cost, there is still the differential, and they will stay as long as there is that differential, they have to make it up from someplace. we, on the employer side would say maybe we should actually be bringing down the cost of care delivery, so that we do not have that disparity. but, we have been saying that for a long time, and it has not made a difference. that is one of the things, or some of the things they might s
eastern tonight with live coverage of the president's speech on iraq. we'll see you then. >> shepard: preparing for a major hurricane swipe. tonight, where it's headed and what to expect along a thousand miles of our coast line. i'm shepard smith. the news starts now. fierce winds, heavy rain, and a storm that could do tremendous damage to the east coast. >> we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. >> shepard: tonight, bracing for earl. plus -- >> i just want to say thank you on behalf of the country. >> shepard: first president obama addressed the troops and in just one hour he will address us all to mark the end of combat operations in iraq. critics say president obama needs to say something special. >> we have often heard about ending the war in iraq. we haven't heard much about winning the war in iraq. >> shepard: now, what to expect as the president gets set for his speech. first from fox this tuesday night, the president says that speech will not be self-congratulatory. it will not be a victory lap. but he says it will have a message for our troops, congratul
after terrorists in iraq as formal combat operations come to an end. we look back at what then senator obama said about a war he is now trying to end. and as troop numbers decrease in iraq, the bloodshed increases in afghanistan. live from our studio in washington, this is "special report." good evening. i'm bret baier. a president who won election promising to get u.s. troops out of iraq today is marking the formal end of combat operations. president obama will speak to the nation in two hours. earlier today, he warmed up by talking to troops in texas. we have fox team coverage tonight. correspondent molly henneberg looks back at some of president obama's comments about the war, but we begin with major garrett on momentum day to the commander in chief. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. the white house says the president doesn't want to relitigate the war in iraq, enormous cost, blood and treasure, to fight with republican over the surge, uncertainty that the war created in iraq and mismanagement of the war that created the need for the surge in the first place. no, tonight, it'
operations in iraq and indicate the united states will still fight the terrorists. the war led to the deaths of more than 4,000 american men membership -- men and women and he opposed the war and the surge. the two presidents spoke on the phone, shared the challenges and try ups and its place in history according to the white house. but now the focus is shifting to a battle not confined by borders and increasing threat from the region teen afghanistan and pakistan, yemen and somalia, and iran and the allies involved in the israeli-conflict. we will examine several questions including senator john mccain's suggestion that the united states should learn from the mission in iraq and afghanistan. on iran, how it can influence iraq's forming government and how it plays into the major areas of american foreign policy. we will examine the ideas this hour and how they are connected. and try not to bore you of the changing mission in iraq, and first, team coverage in fort bliss, texas where the president met withs troops. and now more on the speech. robert gibbs said the president does not want to re
>>> you are looking live at the pullout. u.s. combat forces driving out of iraq tonight and our own richard engel, from a moving convoy, has an "nightly news" exclusive. >>> also tonight, the rising tide of anger in pakistan. our own ann curry is there as this flooding disaster spirals out of control. >>> d eggs are making hundreds of people sick. there's a massive recall to report tonight. >>> then and now. five years after the horrors of katrina, spike lee takes his cameras back to new orleans. >>> also, what it looks like to make sure someone's dream comes true. make sure someone's dream comes true. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's gone on longer than the civil war, longer than world war ii. tonight, u.s. combat troops are pulling out of iraq. it's been about seven and a half years since that first late-night air strike decimated the iraqi government and lit up american television screens. saddam hussein is now dead. the new iraqi government is still taking tentative steps, and the toll on the united states has been s
obama declared mission accomplish in iraq. 2708 days since american forces invaded iraq. at this hour, american combat forces are leaving iraq. >> i think we're coming right up to the kuwaiti border now. >> reporter: this is a special edition of "countdown." chief foreign correspondent richard engel in a world exclusive embedded with, reporting live from the last convoy of american combat troops as it leaves iraq via the kuwait border. >>> you're watching the end of an era of the american military. >> with rachel maddow in the green zone and chris madison use, lawrence o'donal, retired colonel jack jacobs, senator ron widen of oregon and former weapons inspector. from baghdad, from the iraq-kuwait border, from washington, from new york, this is "countdown's" special continuing live coverage of the end of america's iraq combat mission. good evening again from new york. we begin a special edition of "countdown" as we continue our breaking news coverage of the last combat troops. richard engel has been reporting live, the only reporter to do so. a remarkable moment that at least symbolic
is the official end of combat operations in iraq. to take you through it here is my colleague wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >>> thanks very much, rick. happening now, breaking news. at this very moment the u.s. combat mission in iraq officially ends. as the president of the united states gets ready to address the nation on the handover to iraqi forces and the changing role for u.s. troops. there are no claims of mission accomplished but what is the reality on the ground right now? can iraq's leaders put together a government and can iraq's military hold the line against the insurgents? and as gang warfare is gripping mexico right now, a deadly new attack on a night club spreads fear in the popular resort of cancun. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> it's midnight in baghdad right now and that marks an end to an extraordinary milestone for the american involvement in iraq. almost seven and a half years after the shock and awe invasion the u.s. combat mission has just ended. some 50,000 u.s. troops remain as advisers and trainers, but get this. they are also very much comb
your way and talking about iraq. thank you for being with me on this "cnn sunday morning" >>> seven years and three months ago we thought it was over. >> major combat operations in iraq have ended, and the battle of iraq, the united states and our allies have prevailed. >> this week, without banners or brass, the last remaining combat brigade rolled across the border into kuwait with their own sense of mission accomplished. >> we're going home, we won, and it's over! >> the role of the u.s. military in iraq is not over, but maybe closer to over. today, after the drawdown, with the u.s. commander in iraq, general ray. >> we could be there beyond 2011. >>> three central players in the war, former chairman of the chief joints of staff, and former am basser to iraq, zalmay khalilzad. >>> and then howard dean, he won't go along to get along. i am candy crowley, and this is state of the union. to date more than 4,400 soldiers dead and millions more displaced. and a draw mattic shift in strategy by former president bush turned the tide, but it remains a fragile place. iraq is still a count
heading out of iraq to where they literally should be minutes within crossing that border and ending the official combat presence of the united states in iraq. 50,000 train years and advisers will remain under operation new dawn. we will go back to richard angle, who is in that convoy reporting from what we call the blue mobile dedicated in memory of our late correspondent at the start of this in iraq. we go back to richard in the immediate future. one thing that pg crawly probably our egos at the state department is that never to go on a news broadcast will have 11 people that will be hosting it. reach a matter of joins us from the green zone again in baghdad. >> rachel thank you and think you for joining us for this night and broadcast. one of the things that i have done since i have been here is spend some time with iraqi police. i have decided that what i would least like to be right now in iraq is an iraqi police officer. they are at the very sharp and of the spirit and terms of the insurgency. police officers being killed. bodies being burned after they have been shot to death.
> 2278 days since america invaded iraq. 2066 days since [ declared mission accomplished in iraq. tonight american combat forces leave iraq. >> i think we're coming right up to the kuwaiti border now. >> and chief foreign correspondent richard engel embed with, reporting from the last combat troops as they leave iraq via the board. >>> you're watching the end of an era with the american military. >> with rachel maddow, chris matthews, b.j. krouly, retired general paul eaton, retired colonel jack jacobs and former weapons inspector. this is the rachel maddow's show particular live coverage of the end of america's combat mission. >> i believe we've seen the last of american combat soldiers cross into kuwait. shortly after the top of the hour, we begin the special edition of the rachel maddow show as we begin our coverage of the last american combat troops, the formal one, leaving iraq tonight. the first vehicles in the could be voluntary having already crossed the border with kuwait. the soldiers from the fourth stryker brigade, 440 of them that they are transporting, having emed t
>>> 2278 days since america invaded iraq. 2066 days since [ declared mission accomplished in iraq. tonight american combat forces leave iraq. >> i think we're coming right up to the kuwaiti border now. >> and chief foreign correspondent richard engel embed with, reporting from the last combat troops as they leave iraq via the board. >>> you're watching the end of an era with the american military. >> with rachel maddow, chris matthews, b.j. krouly, retired general paul eaton, retired colonel jack jacobs and former weapons inspector. this is the rachel maddow's show particular live coverage of the end of america's combat mission. >> i believe we've seen the last of american combat soldiers cross into kuwait. shortly after the top of the hour, we begin the special edition of the rachel maddow show as we begin our coverage of the last american combat troops, the formal one, leaving iraq tonight. the first vehicles in the could be voluntary having already crossed the border with kuwait. the soldiers from the fourth stryker brigade, 440 of them that they are transporting, having emed t
left iraq. thousands have already left the country by air and the remaining few hundred will be traveling by land. an extraordinary exclusive report, msnbc and nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel is embedded with the troops and will be reporting live and on tape as they close an extraordinary chapter in the history of this nation, in the history of that nation and in our modern world. our msnbc coverage will continue live from richard engel's robing position and from baghdad and washington and here at our anchor desk in new york. i'll be joined by rachel maddow who was in the green zone in baghdad along with chris matthews, lawrence o'donnell, gene robin, so colonel jack jacobs and many others. we will commence our coverage before all of that analysis and continuing reports with the first of richard engel's live reports from the convoy. a report made to brian williams on "nbc nightly news" which we will now be smul casting till the conclusion of richard engel's transmission from the desert. then i'll rejoin you and we'll get back to richard. here now is br
director- general of the u.k. intelligence services testified before the iraq inquiry. then a discussion on the process of becoming a u.s. citizen. following that, donald ritchie talking about his latest book, "the u.s. congress -- a very short introduction." the former director-general of the u.k. security and intelligence services testified in london before the british car wreck inquiry. she talked about how invading iraq increased the terrorist threat. this is one hour and 10 minutes. >> good morning and welcome, everyone, and welcome to our witness, baroness manningham- buller, and you were director general of the security service from 2002 to 2007. we have published one declassified document this morning, which will be up on our website. apart from that, just two things, which i say on every occasion -- we recognize that witnesses give evidence based on their recollection of events and we, of course, check what we hear against the papers to which we have access and we are still receiving, and i remind each witness on each occasion that she will later be asked to sign a transcript of
the explorer in all of us. >> and now "bbc newsnight." >> and bloodshed in iraq. should u.s. combat troops to be leaving the scene? this week, as iraqi insurgents step up the violence ahead of the withdrawal of american combat troops, we asked a senior pentagon adviser if the strategy is wrong. and the battle for ethnic identity in the balkans. and google's chief warns we may have to change our names to escape our cyber past. are we throwing away our privacy by social networking? hello. iraq was shaken by a series of insurgent attacks this week. one blast in baghdad killed 56 and injured more than 120. it was one of the bloodiest suicide attacks this year. it was a chilling reminder that the country is still volatile. we have this report. >> the suicide bomber struck near the station where hundreds were hoping for employment. and in recent weeks, the violence has been growing. it is a grim reminder of the fragility of the country. the obama administration's attention may be struggled more on the conflict in afghanistan, but this is mr. obama's other war. it is not going away. many fear a n
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, in a slightly more round-about way, more or less made the same point about iraq. you said specifically that the interpretation by british moslems of uk foreign policy as anti-muslim in particular related to the uk's involvement in iraq and afghanistan. the foreign affairs committee of the house of commons in 2004 concluded that war in iraq had possibly made terrorist attacks against british nationals and british interests more likely in the short-term. now, how significant in your view a factor was iraq compared with other situations that were used by extremists, terrorists, to justify their actions? >> i think it is highly significant and the jic assessments that i have reminded myself of say that. by 2003/2004 we were receiving an increasing number of leads to terrorist activity from within the uk and the -- our involvement in iraq radicalized, for want of a better word, a whole generation of young people, some british citizens -- not a whol generation, a f among a generation -- who were -- saw our involvement in iraq, on top of our involvement in afghanistan, as being an attack on i
are closing right now. this striker passing right now represents the last american combat troops in iraq. >>> an historic milestone in iraq. nbc's richard engel on msnbc last night with exclusive coverage of the final u.s. combat brigade leaving iraq. 7 1/2 years after the u.s. launched a shock and awe campaign to take out iraqi dictator saddam hussein it will soon be replaced by "operation new dawn." >>> what turned out to be faulty intelligence that said iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the war lasted longer than the civil war and world war ii. it took the lives of 4,219 troops. >>> it's far from mission accomplished. 50,000 u.s. military personnel will stay around until next year training iraqi forces. >>> i'm chris jansing live from world headquarters in new york. in just over an hour we'll see the first members of the stryker brigade coming home to ft. lewis. nbc has team coverage. richard engel was there with that exclusive nbc news coverage of the withdrawal and expert analysis from jack jacobs. richard, let me begin with you, you're at camp virginia in kuwait now. you had a
>>> good morning. i'm christiane amanpour. at the top of the news this week. ending the war in iraq. >> tens of thousands of our troops in iraq are coming home. >> as america stands down, is iraq ready to stand up? this morning from baghdad, the commanding general of u.s. forces, genere odierno, a "this week" exclusive. >>> then, hidden wound. after a decade of war, why is the military so unprepared to deal with the emotional cars? >> i didn't care about my family. the only thing i thought was, this is over. >> this morning, an exclusive interview with general peter chiarelli. >>> then -- >> we're losing everything we have. >> jobs, immigration, gay marriage. all the week's politics on our "roundtable" with gillian tett, of the fnl times, john harris. george packer of the new yorker, and former bush white house official, michael gerson. >>> and the "sunday funnies." >> less than half of american workers hold on to a job for four years or more. bad news for president obama. >>> this weekend marks a major milestone in the seven-year war in iraq. u.s. forces have now handed over contro
. >> as the united states presence in that part of the world through iraq helped in any positive transformation? >> i think the united states by emphasizing more its soft power capability rather than being seen through the military face of the power of the country could accomplish a great deal in the region. that means looking at the root causes of deprivation, both political and personal and nick and social and how to strengthen organizations and individuals and different communitys on the ground to themselves decide how to make their countries more pa -- par pis tri, more able to combat poverty and illiteracy. to date the united states has been viewed in the region has everring unsupported real democracy and real -- and the kinds of institutions, the exchange, educational exchange, technological exchange and it has been viewed as taking a very biased approach towards for example the arab israeli conflict. those concerns have created a lot of skepticism and concern in the region about the u.s. but they have not drowned out what has been a traditional admiration for founding principles of this countr
tonight's other major story. after seven and a half years of war, u.s. combat operations in iraq have come to an end. since the 2003 invasion to oust saddam hussein, more than 4,400 americans have died there. more than 34,000 have been wounded. price tag: $744 billion and counting. and in a cbs news poll, more than seven in ten americans told us the war was not worth it. president obama, who long opposed the war, will talk about the change of mission in iraq in an oval office address tonight. he'll say it's time to turn the page and give the iraqi people responsibility for their own security. but first, bill plante tells us the president wanted to talk to the troops. >> i wanted to come down to fort bliss mainly to say thank you. >> reporter: the president congratulated returning warriors at fort bliss in texas where one-fifth of the million u.s. troops who served in iraq were stationed. he also gave a preview of his speech. >> it's not going to be a victory lap. it's not going to be self-congratulatory. there's still a lot of work that we've got do. >> reporter: tonight's speech marks a p
of iraq, we were not directly involved in the decision-making to go to war in iraq. that was generally other people, although we were involved, obviously, in a number of meetings and in some of the discussions and of course in the jic. our focus was then on dealing with the manifestations of terrorist threats in the united kingdom since 9/11, and since 9/11 and before our work was increasing exponentially. it increased very much more when we went into iraq, but our main focus was dealing with the protection of the united kingdom. >> what about espionage and sabotage? >> we were still concerned, as we are today, with the threat from espionage and the threat from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. in law we still have a responsibility to work on serious crime. in practice, while i was director general we pretty well gave that up because of the pressure of wo on terrorism, and of course terrorism, not only terrorism from a global perspective but irish terrorism, continued to take quite a lot of our resources. >> there was establishment of the joint terrorism analysis center
that they failed to uncover any of these in iraq and that the invasion was illegal. the u.s. and britain relied on port intelligence sources leading up to the invasion. -- poor intelligence sources leading up to the invasion. the panel is expected to issue a report by the end of the year, which will then be debated in parliament. the hearings ran from november, 2009, to the end of july, 2010, with a total of 132 witnesses. this portion is one hour 15 minutes. >> good afternoon and welcome. welcome to everyone this afternoon. our witness is dr. hans blix. you, sir, served as the executive chairman for the united nations monitoring, verification and inspection commission, which i think we are allowed to call unmovic, from 1 march, 2000 until the end of june, 2003. as chairman of unmovic, you had overall responsibility for the inspection process in iraq. the process itself ran, we understand, from 27 november, 2002 until 18 march, 2003, just two days before the commencement of military action. we hope to look today at some detail about the inspection process, the context in which it took place and
tomorrow marks the official land of combat operations in iraq as president obama will deliver it a prime time address from the oval office. there are still questions about this war and the future of u.s. involvement. a preview of tomorrow night's address and more with general wesley clark. also tonight, director rob reiner stops by. the latest project is a coming of age, a. the movie is playing in theaters. we are glad you could join us, wesley clark and rob reiner coming up. >> his name is james and he needs help with his reading. >> i'm james. >> yes. >> to everyone making a difference, you help us all live better. >> nationwide insurance helps support tavis smiley. remove obstacles to economic empowerment. nationwide is on your side. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. tavis: a couple of quick programming notes. tomorrow a conversation with norah jones and a special performance. she will be in milwaukee celebrating the 20th anniversary of farm aid. reaction to president obama's speech on iraq. on thursday, one politician will join u
years and three months ago we thought it was over. >> major combat operation in iraq have ended, in the battle of iraq, the united states and our allies have prevailed. >> this week, without banners or brass, the last remaining combat brigade rolled across the border into kuwait with their own sense of mission accomplished. >> we're going home, we won, and it's over! >> still, 50,000 u.s. troops will remain in iraq, scheduled to be out by the end of 2011. the role of the u.s. military in iraq is not over, but it's maybe closer to over. today, after the drawdown, with the u.s. commander in iraq, general ray odor yarn -- odor yarn owe. >> and three central players in the war. former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, former william falon and zalmay kahlil valued. then former presidential democrat, howard dean. >> people want change and this is a problem. >> i'm candy crowley and this is "state of the union." to date more than 4,400 soldiers are dead, over 31,000 wounded, tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of iraqis have been killed and millions more displaced. in
.k. and around the world. seven years and five months after the u.s. lead the brigade in iraq. leaving the country, the striking board for ending combat operations. as we speak to our washington correspondent, explaining the pentagon comments. >> the last troops may be leaving iraq, but the operation is not over yet. and won't be over until the end of the month, where it's scheduled to end. we are getting some conflicting reports from the people at iraq, with the convey and saying that the last troops crossing the boarder into kuwait. and the pentagon saying that 50,000 troops will remain in iraq indefinitely, but focusing on a civilian role than a military role. >> all of this talk is stirring a good deal of light on the future of iraq, isn't it jane, including that suicide bombing that killed 60 people on tuesday. and al-qaeda more active, because they know of these u.s. troops are withdrawing. what is washington feeling about that? >> the state department is on air, saying that work in iraq is not over. and the u.s. is very keen to protect the billion investment over the course of 7
. as chairman of unmovic you had overall responsibility for the inspection process in iraq. the process itself ran, we understand, from november 27, 2002 until march 18, 2003, just two days before the commencement of military action. we hope to look today at some detail about the inspection process, the context in which it took place and the stage it had reached by the time the inspectors were withdrawn from iraq on march 18, 2003. now i say on every occasion and i repeat it this afternoon, we recognize that witnesses give evidence based on their recollection of events and we of course check what we hear against papers to which we have access and which we are still receiving. i remind every witness on each occasion you will later be asked to sign a transcript of the evidence to the effect that the evidence they have given is truthful, fair and accurate. with those preliminaries out of the way i will ask sir martin to gilbert to open the questions. martin? >> dr. blix, we would like to begin by looking at the history of inspections in iraq and in particular the legacy of the unscom inspections
and macedonia and iraq. he has been the leader in north korea, assistant secretary of state, so this is the end of one chapter but he now goes on to the next chapter in his career where he will be the dean of the korbel school of international studies starting very soon. we're very pleased to have him here. he takes off shortly cut -- to go to little compton, rhode island. all well-kept secret in rhode island, the home of the best ice cream parlor in the count, i am convinced. also, watching from a distance from colorado. we're very pleased -- yes. we're very pleased have ambassador hl and hoping he will be able to look forward, with where we're going beten this relationship between the united states and iraq. we will have a good opportunity for questions. if there are people in pakistan and their root watching us online. we may get some -- in baghdad and their root -- beirut loten is online. please silencer phones and please welcome ambassador hill. [applause] >> thank you, bill, and thank you for being to the old u.s. building. showing its age, i guess. i guess you are looking forward to the
mao. save me some chips. >>> good morning, everybody. our big story today, iraq. u.s. combat troops coming home and they are already talking about how iraq has changed their lives. >> i will never forget, you know, first -- one of the first fire fights, first time to get shot at. it wakes you up. think before you come here, you are an adult and grown man, but this place will change you. >> we are also taking you back seven years to the very moment combat started and the first bombs fell on baghdad. >> shock and awe. >>> today marks a new beginning in iraq. the last u.s. combat brigade pulled out of the country and american troops begin their official transition to assist and advise iraqi forces. right now there are 56,000 u.s. troops still in iraq. that number will be drawn down to 50,000 by the end of the month. the u.s. combat mission will officially end on september 1st. that's when the first system new dawn will officially begin. many u.s. troops leave iraq with bittersweet emotions. insome lost comrades and many witnessed the horrors of war. and almost all say that they are cha
changing mission in iraq. in less than 30 minutes, the mission will change in iraq. we will bring you the president's speech live. >>> sealing the leak. residents prepare to plug up bp's oil well. >>> after one year in prison, iran says it will not free three u.s. hikers in a prisoner swap. they want the hikers to stand trial for illegally crossing the country's borders. we have reaction coming up. >>> plus lindsay lohan goes from jail to rehab after just 13 days. it's all ahead for you. >>> as we mentioned just a half hour or so from now the president announced that he is making good on his campaign promise. and norah o. donl is our msnbc washington correspondent. is this some sort of a strategic victory for the president? >> in some ways it is and the white house wants to say this is promises made and promises kept. the president promised that he would have all combat operations over by the end of this summer and today he will check off another major campaign promise. some advisors are stressing this will not be like bush's mission accomplished moment. this will be about remindi
. >> a new hair cut. >>> out of iraq. the last combat brigade crosses the border. what will life after war look like there? the pentagon's top spokesman joins us live. >>> the president's faith, a new poll that shows one in five americans are completely wrong about it. it's august 19th, 2010. i'm chuck todd. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie. we begin in iraq and the historic milestone troops crossed in an all-night convoy through the desert out of iraq. the last u.s. combat brigade crossed the border entering kuwait just after midnight there. the combat mission officially ends at the end of this month but 56,000 troops remain today. richard engel is live this morning at camp virginia in kuwa kuwait. he was on the convoy and watched the incredible pictures last night, richard. how are troops feeling today? >> reporter: the troops here are mostly sleeping now. they are waiting to go back home. they don't do very much here in kuwait. they just have to process some gear, take apart the striker vehicles. disarm them. make sure they're ready for transport. and then, wait for their flights.
to be the dog days, but, wow, it isn't. the big iraq speech tonight. it's one of the president's most stringent critics on the war and policy. also the reenactors of colonial wimdsburg have become tea party mascots. the religious right is very upset about the possibility of homosexuals on trains. and the most interesting story of the day is about blackberries in the desert. that is all coming up this hour. but, first, have you heard -- have you heard about what happened in texas? you haven't heard, oh, my god, listen to this. okay, so, here's laredo, texas. we have laredo on a map? yes, it's down there in southern texas. laredo is very close to mexico. it's like right across from mexico. do you want to know what happen in laredo? did you hear what happened in laredo? oh, my god, a mexican drug gang called the zedas rampaged over the border and took over two ranches in laredo, texas. american ranches now being run right now by a mexican drug gang. prombly lick the cattle on the ranch are being herded by that mexican drug gang. all of the rancher's stuff being used by the mexican drug gang. all t
job province on the challenges there. the final u.s. combat brigade left iraq. almost a fortnight before the deadline set by president obama. about 50,000 american troops remain, officially only to train and give advice to iraqi forces. american commanders insist iraq's military and police are up to the task of keeping the country secure, as our middle east correspondent reports from kuwait. >> the end of operation iraqi freedom. the u.s. combat mission in iraq lasted longer than world war ii. now, seven years and five months after the invasion, america's involvement in iraq is over for that phase. >> we won! it is over! i love you! >> for all the hopes of 2003, they are not leaving behind a peaceful country. the departure of the last u.s. combat forces took place in secrecy, at night. roadside bombs are a constant threat. these troops may be going home, but 50,000 remain in a training and advisory role. some of these men were still in school when the war began. others have had three or four tours of iraq. >> it feels good about to head home. at that none of us got hurt and we are
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